A California court ruled that Christian Mingle and Catholic Mingle, among other religious dating sites, cannot ban same sex users. Both sites will change “men seeking women” and “Women seeking men” options to simple questions about the gender of a user and then allowing users to search based on their orientation.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
If your church has invested in a faith-based for-profit business venture, then you may need to review the details of this story to make sure you are compliant with employee laws.
- Churches vs. Businesses: Churches are free under Federal law to govern themselves according to their religious beliefs, but that freedom isn’t quite the same when it comes to a Christian business.
- LGBT Acceptance: The majority of Americans now accept same sex marriage, so we can expect more these cases in the future.
- Where Is the Line? If a website allows users more the flexibility to choose whoever they want to date, are website owners morally responsible?
How does this ruling impact your ministry?
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